Can Adoptive Parents Lose Their Kids When They Divorce?
Adoptive parents cannot lose custody of the children they adopted merely because they divorce. The children of adoptive parents are treated no differently in divorce than children who are issue of the marriage (“issue of the marriage” means the children are the biological children of the married couple). Divorcing parents who are not unfit parents cannot be deprived of the legal and physical custody of their children merely because they divorce. Instead, the court will award custody to one or both of the parents (such as “sole custody,” which means that the children live primarily with one parent and the other parent exercises “visitation” with the children on weekends, holidays, and in the summertime; or joint custody, which means that the children reside with each of the parents a portion of the year, year after year).
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